A MUM has sparked a debate after her child’s headteacher “from a different era” told pupils to only ask their mums to a 1pm parents’ meeting because “all dads will be at work”.
The angry Mumsnet user ranted on the parenting forum and asked whether she was being unreasonable to think that the headmistress was “living in another era” after the peculiar request.
She wrote: “Picked DS [darling son] one up from school today and he informed me that I had to be at his school on Monday at 1pm for ‘parents evening’.
“Sorry but since when did evening start at 1pm.
“I told DS I couldn’t get then as I would be working but he could ask his dad to attend as he is self-employed so could juggle stuff around to fit it in.
“DS says ‘headmistress says I had to ask you(mum) because she says all the dads won’t be able to go as they’ll be at work’.
“Not sure what I’m more [shocked] at: the fact that she assumes all mums spend their day watching daytime TV with a hobnob so can drop everything to attend parents evenings in the middle of the day, or that the dads are all far too busy to put themselves out to possibly be the slightest bit interested in their child’s education.”
Many users were quick to agree with the mum and deemed the headmistress’s notion “strange”.
One wrote: “I wouldn’t be impressed by that at all. Email them with the times you are available and politely point out that you are working in the afternoons.
“You won’t be the only one. What would their own staff do should they have an appointment for their child?”
Another added: “My friends had this at their primary school. They also announce inset days with just 1-2 weeks’ notice.
“All because the head seems to think mums are to stay at home.
“In one case the dad went as a mid-week day is his day off and the head actually queried why he was there.”
Someone else wrote: “I imagine there will be a low turnout for that Parent’s ‘Evening’”.
However, other parents wondered if the child had only delivered part of the message – especially given that the teacher was a “working woman” herself.
One such user said: “Hard to believe as the Head is a working woman herself. Also parents would normally be informed of parents eve in advance and there’d be an evening option.
“Doesn’t ring true at all.”
Another added: “Have you asked the head mistress if she said that?
“Not that I think your DS is lying but children can tend to embellish or get things mixed up!”
Someone else reasoned: “That does sound a bit odd. After all she is a working woman herself.
“However, I don’t think it would be unbelievable either.
“You could just ask why only mums can attend as this was the impression given to your dc [darling child].
“She’ll either then explain what it was said and you can correct her or she’ll explain the confusion.”
What do you think?
Meanwhile, a furious Mumsnet user found her nanny left her baby to cry herself to sleep… so who’s in the right?
And, a mum was slammed by her sister for letting her husband put their kids to bed twice a week because “mummy should do it”.
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